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Beloit teen facing charges after accidentally shooting self while cleaning gun

BELOIT, Wis. - (WISC) A 19-year-old man was arrested after he accidentally shot himself in the leg at early Tuesday at a Rock County home, police said.

The Beloit Police Department said Anthony D.S. Lowery, who was out on bail when he was injured Tuesday, was about to clean a semi-automatic pistol when he pulled the trigger, believing that the chamber was empty.

Police said another person who was at the home and the responding Beloit police officer saved Lowery's life. The person wrapped a belt around Lowery’s leg and the responding Beloit police officer put a tourniquet around Lowery’s leg.

Lowery is expected to survive the shooting, according to a news release.

The Beloit Police Department is forwarding a bail jumping charge against Lowery to the Rock County District Attorney’s office, as Lowery is prohibited from possessing a firearm while on bail.

Lowery is also facing charges of disorderly conduct with use of a dangerous weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm and three counts of felony bail jumping in connection with a Dec. 18, 2016 incident. He pleaded not guilty to those charges on Jan. 19, online court records show.

He's also facing two felony charges of party to the crime of armed robbery for an incident on Nov. 19, 2016. He pleaded not guilty to those charges on Jan. 19, 2017. A calendar call is scheduled at 9 a.m. on March 15 in the cases.

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